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Angles Without Edges

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Prelude
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Julani
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Papa
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Keeper of My Soul
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The One Who Knows
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The Birth of YNQ
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Paladium
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Life's Angles
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Thinking of You
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Uno Esta
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Rugged Tranquility
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Daylight
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Hot Water
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Mestizo Eyes
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Sun Goddess
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Kuhn's Theme
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Little Girl (Dakota's Song)
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Broken Dreams
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Last Day
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 19   Total Length: 67:10

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Incredible

nilspjohnson

Comparing this to Bitches Brew is likely to upset a lot of people, but when it comes to cutting up approaches to simple rhythmic and harmonic patterns, Madlib keeps it fresh and raw. Hip hop and jazz reunite once again

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Wedlock

slothedog

Nice to see Jazz and Hip Hop still happily married after all these years. True, they've had their ups and downs... Hip Hop can be an arrogant twat sometimes and Jazz can certainly be a pretentious and moody bitch, but this album shows that deep down they are very much still in love and continue to be creative lovers. Until death do us part!

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BItches Brew?

sillyilly

Man im a huge madlib fan for sure but to equate this record with Bitches Brew is another thing altogether, its just a whole other thing yknow. I have to think even Madlib himself might be inclined to agree. I think its worthy to think that some of what Madlib is doing is comparably influential to what Miles was doing but man, Bitches Brew had a cast of musicians that would go on to invent a whole friggin genre; the one in fact that YNQ is riffing on here. Lets do everyone a favor and invent new criticisms and new descriptions and leave the greats alone to be great (oh yeah and lets not talk about Miles and Stanley Clarke in the 80's)

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Fresh

ailetra

Awesome!!! Sounds like jazz, soul and something I can't put my finger on to describe. It's also very sexy.

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CLASSIC!

DJJAMAL

CLASSIC! Nuff said.

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This is hip-hop with jazz influence

stglaw

I wouldn't really call this a jazz album - it's really an instrumental hip hop album with jazz influences. Unlike lots of jazz, which focuses a lot on the individual soloist, this album really focuses on creating an overall groove or mood, and it does it brilliantly. Don't listen to this for the solo instruments - just chill out and let the WHOLE THING just WASH RIGHT OVER YOU. This is actually hip hop in its purest form, just like in the early days of Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa when the DJ was the focus in hip hop, not the MC. This album is yet another testament to what an ill DJ and producer Madlib is.

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Dude...

defjux

previous review....this is being pushed as only jazz, madlib's hip hop skills are uninportant to these ppl.

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OUT A SITE

EyEz99

YO, for all them haters out there who said hiphop is not music, peep this album from one of hiphop's finest producers...Madlib does it again..Truly Incredible..

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Using jazz experimentation, education, and the unequivocal brilliance of his hip-hop creativity as a primary instrument, Madlib leads this record of paramount importance in the modern jazz and hip-hop worlds alike. Favoring swatches of lounge-heavy atmosphere and Fender Rhodes rivers to forever soulful infinity, big beats, and abstract soloing on everything from vibraphone to the turntable itself, Angles Without Edges is where music hoped to go by 2001. This is a hip-hop record made with jazz principles of improvisation, spacy cut-and-paste passages of drifting solos, and periods of vamping grooves that are layered handsomely with uncut breaks that build on top of themselves, eventually creating what may be the Bitches Brew of the new millennium. Released on the progressive and reputable Stones Throw label, also home to their Uno Esta 12″ and Bomb Shelter 7″, Angles is 19 tracks deep and doesn’t stray in quality as the beats drum on. Highlights include the math jazzy “Julani,” the soul eclipse in “Papa,” and the outer space dub/samba in “Paladium.” – Nicholas Gordon

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